The Browns, Dolphins, Bills, Patriots, Jets, and 49ers all get to relax on a bye this November weekend. That means that some fantasy relevant quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends are unavailable for the Sunday slate of games. What a coincidence, because I have sleepers at all those positions for you to slot into your DraftKings contests!
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Eli Manning, QB, Giants ($5,200)
I can hear it now: “Andy surely you jest … Eli Manning … this year’s Eli?” That’s right folks, no risk, no reward and i’m rolling the dice with ol’ No. 10 as he duels with the Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay’s defense is the cure for what ails a struggling offense, and they’ve given up 30 or more points on the scoreboard six times already. As bad as the “D” is we all know that Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5,600) can force a offensive slugfest, which of course benefits fantasy owners of the opposing quarterback. Manning also delivered his best fantasy performance of the season versus a similarly porous Atlanta secondary back in October.
The two-time Super Bowl champ absolutely has the firepower around him to execute. The question becomes can he do it, and on a short week? I’m betting Eli will thwart all the haters and provide those bold enough to select him some nice differential points in DraftKings contests.
Mark Andrews, TE, Ravens ($2,600)
Throwing darts blindfolded is what it felt like for a good portion of 2018 when it came to inserting any of the Ravens’ four tight ends into a DFS roster. Rookie Hayden Hurst ($2,500) hasn’t made an impact, and over the past couple of games Mark Andrews target share has grown from five to six with seven total receptions.
Leading all other Baltimore TEs in volume, the 6-foot-4, 256-pound rookie has a pair of touchdowns and it’s likely Lamar Jackson ($4,700) will look to his TE as a safety valve starting in place of Joe Flacco (hip), who is reportedly out vs. the Bengals. Andrews is far from a sure thing, however, he’s trending in the right direction and leaves free significant salary cap space.
One extra bonus is that the Ravens face division rival Cincinnati who just fired their defensive coordinator and rank second worst in the NFL when in it comes to DKFP allowed to tight ends.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Jaguars ($4,900)In an unpredictable Jacksonville passing attack, Moncrief has been frustratingly consistent. He’s literally alternated double-digit fantasy point days with disappointing single-digit outputs all season (except for 24.9 and 13.6 DKFP in weeks four and five).
The bad news is that Moncrief’s pattern suggests he’s due for a stinker versus Pittsburgh. The good news? He’s facing a Steelers defense ranked 23rd against wide receivers, and I think he bucks the trend this weekend.
Plus the 25-year-old’s only true competition at wide receiver for Blake Bortles’ ($5,100) affections is Dede Westbrook ($4,700). While Moncrief’s roller coaster production is not ideal, his fantasy ceiling in 2018 has proven higher than Westbrook’s.
Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys ($5,200)
If we flashed back to 2016, it would’ve seemed absurd to ever think of Prescott as a sleeper. However, the reality for the first chunk of this season was that the Cowboys offense was void of playmakers outside of Ezekiel Elliott ($8,500). That obviously made it difficult for the third year quarterback to produce, and resulted in the fading of his fantasy relevance to owners.
What finally pushed Prescott consistently into the 20-plus fantasy point zone was rushing touchdowns. He scored exactly zero TDs with his legs the first five weeks and one score on the ground in every game thereafter except for Week 9.
Dallas also paid a hefty price to acquire Amari Cooper ($5,400) from the Raiders for a first-round pick on Oct. 22 in an attempt to spark a dull passing attack. This Sunday against Atlanta will be the third time the new duo will suit up together. The chemistry is building and the timing for Prescott is perfect as he’ll battle a Falcons defense allowing the second most DKFP to QBs.
If you’ve been hesitating to slide the former Mississippi State Bulldog into a DraftKings lineup, this would be the match up to do it.
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